Interview by Karolyn A. Gazella and Suzanne Snyder / David M. Eisenberg, MD, is the Director of the Osher Institute and the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass. He is also the Bernard Osher Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr Eisenberg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed his fellowship training in general internal medicine and primary care and is board-certified in internal medicine. In 1979, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr Eisenberg served as the first US medical exchange student to the People’s Republic of China. In 1993, he was the medical advisor to the PBS Series, “Healing and the Mind” with Bill Moyers.
More recently, Dr Eisenberg has served as an advisor to the National Institutes of Health, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Federation of State Medical Boards with regard to complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine research, education, and policy. From 2003 to 2005, Dr Eisenberg served on a National Academy of Sciences committee that was respon- sible for the Institute of Medicine report, “The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public.” Dr Eisenberg has authored numerous scientific articles involving complementary and integrative medical therapies and currently oversees Harvard Medical School’s research, educational, and clinical programs in this area.